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Gardening Waitrose

Green-fingered volunteers transform hospital gardens

Generous volunteers from Waitrose have given their time to help tend to Kent & Canterbury Hospital's gardens. 

The local store has made a commitment to deliver volunteering to local areas of the community, and have previously decorated a family room for a homeless charity.

Four employees from the local branch were selected to spend the day wedding, tidying and replanting in the hospital's gardens, after a colleague herself had a family member admitted to the hospital. The family went to one of the quiet outside areas to get some fresh air, and saw a great opportunity to make a difference for anybody who finds themselves in the same situation. 

Kelly Hynds, organised the volunteering opportunity and said “The hospital is somewhere any of us can find ourselves at any time unfortunately!

"We have a dedicated team of Horticulture specialists in branch so I knew I could put together a team of experts.  After only three days of advertising the volunteering opportunity, I had nearly twenty partners showing a keen interest.  We pulled names out of the hat for fairness, with that we had our team of four.

"We carefully selected plants that would be easy to manage and some items that could brighten up the chosen area."

 The volunteers worked extremely hard and our gardens and courtyard have been transformed into a tidier, more welcoming space for the hospital's staff, patients and visitors. Enhancing our outside spaces makes a real difference to the experience people have at our hospital and the changes will have an immediate impact.